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Microsoft's latest Windows Home Sever update is scheduled for November 27

Microsoft's Windows Home Server officially launched earlier this month, but the company is already preparing a new update for the platform. Microsoft says that the new update is "part of the ongoing process of continually enhancing the customer experience with Windows Home Server."

The update includes a few feature additions for Windows Home Server. Currently, users who login to their server when away from their home network -- through an external URL like -- are greeted with a security warning. The November 27 update will now provide users with a trusted SSL certificate for their Windows Home Severs. The SSL certification was provided with the help of Windows Live Domains and GoDaddy.

According to The Windows Blog, the certificate error will still rear its ugly head when using an internal URL. "You will receive a certificate warning from the browser. This warning will indicate that the name on the certificate does not match the name of the site that you are trying to access," The Windows Blog reported.

Other new features included with the update include a "Delete All" button to remove home computer backups. Microsoft has also taken steps to make the Shared Folders and Server Storage aspects of Windows Home Server more robust and user friendly.

Windows Home Server systems are currently shipping from Hewlett-Packard (priced at $599 and $749 respectively for 500GB and 1TB models), while solutions from Iomega and Fujitsu-Siemens are on the way.

Users may also purchase an OEM copy of the Windows Home Server software to install on any competent old machine that have laying around collecting dust.

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The issues involved
By crystal clear on 11/23/2007 11:55:07 AM , Rating: 1
Some more detailed information-

Home computer backup technologies
Issue 1
A Delete All command button has been added to the Backup tab on the Windows Home Server Console Settings page. You can use this command to permanently delete all home computer backups that are stored on the home server. The Delete All command can be useful in the following cases:• A hard disk fails on the home server.
• The backup database must be reset because of consistency errors or because of other unforeseen circumstances.

Issue 2
Files on the computer may not be successfully backed up if the latest successful backup is marked as "deletion."

Shared folders and server storage
Issue 1
Data files that contain NTFS alternate data streams may be corrupted on a Windows Home Server computer. For more information, click the following article number943393 to view the article943393 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
943393 ( Data files that contain NTFS alternate data streams can be corrupted on a Windows Home Server-based computer
Issue 2
You may receive an inconsistent notification when a hard disk that is installed in or connected to a Windows Home Server computer fails. This problem is resolved after you apply this update package.
Issue 3
Windows Home Server Drive Extender may not update read-only attributes from the master shadow to the alternate shadow. Therefore, Microsoft Money backup files may not be successfully stored in Windows Home Server shared folders. This problem is resolved after you apply this update package.

For more information about Windows Home Server Drive Extender, download the "Technical Brief for Windows Home Server Drive Extender" document. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (

RE: The issues involved
By anotherdude on 11/23/2007 5:55:19 PM , Rating: 2
When I last checked you could not connect a 64 bit windows machine to WHS. When are they going to offer that?

RE: The issues involved
By TomZ on 11/23/2007 10:15:46 PM , Rating: 2
I read somewhere that Microsoft is working on that and will have it out soon.

RE: The issues involved
By crystal clear on 11/24/2007 3:30:14 AM , Rating: 2
You read this link-

You can find the OEM version of Windows Home Server for about $200, which is quite reasonable.
(Note that while the current version of WHS installs and runs on 32-bit hardware, the next major release will almost certainly be 64-bit only.)

RE: The issues involved
By TomZ on 11/24/2007 10:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
No, that's different - the question is whether MS is coming out with client software for 64-bit Windows. There is software for WHS that loads on each client machine - it's currently available for 32-bit Windows only.

RE: The issues involved
By crystal clear on 11/24/2007 4:44:07 AM , Rating: 2
Somebody asked this question here-

Does WHS come with Windows Media Center?

I cannot quote any but from what I know -

expect such functionality in future updates or SP1 (2 H 2008)

A friend of mine(Israeli) is experimenting on this plus use of virtualization software on the Windows Home Server software.

R&D in Israel is really awesome- one example for you.

November 21, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Windows XP, Microsoft Corp.'s most popular operating system, sports the same encryption flaws that Israeli researchers recently disclosed in Windows 2000, Microsoft officials confirmed late Tuesday.

The researchers, Benny Pinkas from the University of Haifa and two Hebrew University graduate students, Zvi Gutterman and Leo Dorrendorf, reverse-engineered the algorithm used by Windows 2000's pseudo-random number generator (PRNG), then used that knowledge to pick apart the operating system's encryption. Attackers could exploit a weakness in the PRNG, said Pinkas and his colleagues, to predict encryption keys that would be created in the future as well as reveal the keys that had been generated in the past.

As recently as last Friday, Microsoft hedged in answering questions about whether XP and Vista could be attacked in the same way, saying only that later versions of Windows "contain various changes and enhancements to the random number generator." Yesterday, however, Microsoft responded to further questions and acknowledged that Windows XP is vulnerable to the complex attack that Pinkas, Gutterman and Dorrendorf laid out in their paper, which was published earlier this month.

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